Key Stage 4 PE

What practical activities are pupils offered during key stage 4?

During year 10 and 11 the following activities are offered to our pupils:
  • Invasion Games - Rugby / Football / Hockey / Basketball / Netball
  • Net Wall Games - Tennis / Badminton / Volleyball / Table Tennis / Squash
  • Striking & Fielding - Softball / Cricket / Rounders
  • Aesthetic Activities - Dance / Gymnastics / Aerobics
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities – On site.
  • Health Related Exercise – On-site fitness work and off-site fitness gyms.
  • Athletics
  • Ten-pin bowling
What opportunities are there to receive accreditation in PE in KS4?

Every pupil at KES leaves the school with an accredited award in Physical Education. Pupils are given options at the end of year 9 and will undertake one or more of the awards listed below:
  • GCSE Physical Education Full Course (Edexcel)
  • GCSE Physical Education Short Course (Edexcel)
  • BTEC 1st Certificate In Sport (Edexcel)
  • GCSE Dance (AQA)
  • Entry Level Certificate In Physical Education (Edexcel)
  • Living For Sport Programme (Youth Sport Trust)
  • Junior Sports Leader Award

GCSE PE offers you the opportunity to develop skills in a wide range of sports and activities and helps you improve your own performance. As well as developing practical ability you will also learn about exercise, how the body works to help you perform and how performance can be improved through training. The following sections are covered in the theoretical element of the course. Full course covers sections A, B & C. Short course covers sections A & B:

  • A. Exercise & Training:
    Reasons for participating in physical activity
    Health, fitness, exercise & performance
    Skill-related fitness
    Principles of training
    Methods of training
    Diet, Health & hygiene

  • B. Safety Aspects & Risk Assessment In Sport:
    Prevention of Injury
    Sports Injuries

  • C. Applied Anatomy & Physiology:
    The Circulatory System
    The Respiratory System
    Joints, Tendons & Ligaments
    Muscle & Muscle Action
GCSE PE is delivered as a fast-track course, with pupils having four PE lessons a week. It is completed in year 10 allowing pupils to undertake an enrichment course in year 11. The enrichment course includes the completion of the Junior Sports Leadership Award, National Governing Body Coaching Awards, First Aid Certificates, Preparation for A Level and much more!

Download the Edexcel PE specification (PDF 64kb)


A BTEC First Certificate in Sport is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course will introduce you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

You will study three specialist units from the following list:
  • Health, Safety & Injury
  • Preparation for Sport
  • The Body in Sport
  • Sport Leadership Skills
  • The Sports Performer
  • Practical Sport
The BTEC 1st Certificate is delivered over 2 years. Pupils have 4 lessons of PE a week and are given the option to pick up additional units in the second year if they wish to achieve a higher level of certificate.


Pupils are given the opportunity to follow the GCSE Dance (AQA) course during their ‘normal’ core PE lessons. The course is run over 2 years, with pupils having one GCSE Dance lesson a week. The course aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to perform, choreograph and appreciate dance. Pupils are assessed with a 2 hour written paper about the theoretical elements of dance and have 2 major assessments of practical performances with accompanying notes.


Every pupil at KES leaves with the Entry Level Certificate in Physical Education. The course has three main elements: Learning & performance of practical activities; Evaluation of performance; and Understanding of health-related fitness. The practical is assessed at the end of activity block with pupils going through a set programme of skill drills and conditioned games. An oral assessment is conducted to examine each pupil’s understanding of a chosen sport and their ability to evaluate performance. Understanding of health-related fitness is assessed via the completion of a personal exercise programme.

This course is very much viewed as a prequel to GCSE PE, as the three assessment methods listed above are all found in the GCSE Full and Short Course. For this reason all higher ability pupils are put through this award in year 9, in preparation for GCSE PE if they choose to take it. Those who do not take it in year 9, complete the course in year 10, allowing them an extra year of preparation.


This programme is in place to help re-engage pupils with physical education. There are many aims to the programme. These include: Developing self-esteem; Improving behaviour; Re-engaging pupils with mainstream PE; Increased sense of belonging to the school; and to promote life-long participation in physical activity.

Pupils undertake a specialised alternative programme of activities that are designed to achieve the aims listed above. Their performance in PE and around the whole school is monitored to assess the impact of the programme. Pupils are identified by the PE department, Form Tutors and Head of Year at the end of Year 9 and the course is completed during year 11.